Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Shelly à la INSTAGRAM

Between school, work, sandy and coming up new excuses I can barely find time to post as much as I like which is why I love Instagram, Its like micro blogging!

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follow me @shellyalamode 

I hope everyone is having a great week so far!
xo Michelle

Friday, August 31, 2012

No trespassing

DSC04487 “Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.” -Pope John VI DSC04483 DSC04491 DSC04495 The way I grew up was to think that life started in your late 20s-30s, if only of course you've completed school, gotten married and had children. Ive always been at odds with this common African ideology of living life and adulthood. I personally believe in living your best life (pardon the Oprah pun) everyday you wake up and still find air in your lungs because your parents idea of the life you should be living is the life you're stuck with when they're dead and gone. Sorry to get all morbid and emo, but its the truth. DSC04497 DSC04499 DSC04502 DSC04518 DSC04513 Today's photographer was my brother Tony who somehow convinced my cousin rose(my usual photographer) and I to climb on the roof of our old church. I am glad that I was easily convinced, not only did the pictures turn out fantastic!! but it was an awesome experience seeing Yonkers from this height. I've lived in Yonkers for about half of my life and I have never seen it like this, EVER. I got to see some of my favorite places at the same (DAMN) time. It was amazing but I don't see myself climbing up there again anytime soon.


Sheer top // F21
Cutoff Shorts // Vintage levis
Booties // Vintage Nine west circa 1990
Bag //  DSW
Jewelery // Bib- F21, Crosses- Aldo, Blacelets-EXPRESS, J.CREW, F21 Watch- Michael Kors,  Evil eye bracelet- street vendor

Thanks for stopping by
xo Michelle

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


DSC04337 About a little over a month ago (so late) I was invited to a show for African Fashion Week NY. Being my first time at an AFNY I really enjoyed it,it was very well put together and it was great seeing all the African designers making strides in the fashion industry. DSC04325 DSC04335 DSC04340
Unfortunately I was not able to take as many pictures as I wanted but from the few I was able to take you can see how talented some of these designers are, I have a feeling African fashion will only get BIGGER and BIGGER! DSC04342
Sheila of ill la la designs and I

Cell phone pics w/ Sherry!afwny

Top // Vintage
 Belt // EXPRESS
Skirt // BCBG
Clutch // American Apparel
Earrings // Fulani earrings from Harlem

Thanks for stopping by
xo Michelle

Friday, August 24, 2012

Meanwhile in Yonkers...

DSC04413 The night my mother started packing her luggage for Ghana I took the opportunity to quickly scribble down my measurements and a few sketches of skirts and dresses to be made by my cousins seamstress, with traditional W.African print material. 

I love the way everything came out and I can hardly wait to wear them all!! but being that I'd look like a crazy person if I wore them all at once, I decided to wear this a-line maxi skirt first.
 I wore this while I ran some errands around Yonkers and took sandy to the groomers. DSC04417

While waiting the three hours for Sandy, my cousin and I took a (dangerous) walk on the edge of the hudson riverDSC04419 

Cropped top // Urban Outfitters (last summer)
Skirt  // Handmade (Ghana)
Sandals // Steve Madden
Purse // DSW
Sunglasses // Urban outfitters

More to come..
Thanks for stopping by
xo Michelle

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sandy steals the show

Let's move along and pretend I haven't neglected my blog for as long as I have shall we? The excuses are getting old, I know. but without further ado....Hey all, meet my new best friend Sandy!!!

Sandy is a rescue puppy and is also theeee cutest dog in the world! we've been together for two months so far and so far so good, dogs like sandy do make happier people.

sandy2 Honestly, adopting a dog/cat instead of buying from a breeder is not only a humane thing to do but it is also such a rewarding experience to having your dog choose you and give them a better life. Sandy makes me happy and all i have to do is feed her and love her, if you ask me that's not much of an even exchange but, shhh don't let sandy know she might ask for a raise ; ) 82312b sandy
Linen pants // American Apparel (seen here)
T-shirt // F21
Heels // ??
Belt // Vintage Moschino
Bag // Borrowed (Rose)
Sunglasses // Gucci
Jewelery // H&M, Handmade, Gift from my mother, ASOS
Thanks for stopping by
xo Michelle

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

19 Pieces Of Advice You’ll Need To Make It Through Your 20s 

by Ryan O'Connell

1. Knowing what you don’t want can often be more valuable than knowing what you do want.

2. Despite what it looks like on someone’s Facebook or Twitter, no one has it figured out. We’re all just slapping things against a wall and seeing what sticks.

3. Beating yourself up about a mistake you made is only going to make you more inclined to do it again. Just accept that it happened and move on.

4. If someone is behaving strangely and there seems to be no explanation for it, look to alcohol and drugs!

5. Don’t burn bridges in your professional life. You never know when you might need them later on.(Douchey but real.)

6. Don’t sleep with someone who makes you feel like dirt the second you orgasm. You can’t change them. If you’re dating an asshole, you should dump them and then try to figure out why you’re attracted to dicks in the first place.

7. So you got drunk and puked and cried in public. That’s okay. Almost everyone has done that.

8. Anxiety can work in two ways: It can act as your biggest motivator or keep you frozen. Always strive for the former.

9. It’s important that you advocate for yourself in both your work and personal life. No one’s going to care more about you than yourself.

10. Always make sure to treat your parents with respect to make up for the years of hell you put them through as an adolescent. (Unless, of course, your parents are awful. In which case, screw them and make your own family.)

11. Jealousy is a useless emotion. Turn into something more productive. Let it push you to get ahead.

12. If you’re feeling depressed and you’re not sure why, there’s a 70% chance you just need to leave your apartment and be social.

13. Some of the people in this world are parasites just looking to suck you dry. Identify them and get them the hell out of your life.

14. Loving yourself — especially during such a rollercoaster of a decade — is going to be your biggest challenge, but in the end, it will be worth it. Prioritize the relationship you have with yourself over everything else.

15. The only good reason to go into debt is for traveling. Not Isabel Marant boots or expensive groceries.

16. Every relationship means something, even the ones that were so incredibly awful and painful. (Especially those.)

17. It doesn’t matter if you’re not currently where you want to be in your life. What matters is that you’re actively trying to achieve your goals rather than getting defeated.

18. Appreciate what it means to be young. As much as someone can anyway.

19. Love as much as you can. Don’t become scared of it. Don’t let a bad experience close you off for good.
BONUS: Those who give good advice are usually the most insane messes of them all. Just sayin’. TC Mark

advice via thought catalog

Most days I feel like i'm going through a quaterlife crisis, these little pieces of advice make me feel a little better, like I'm on track and not so crazy. I still have some lessons to learrn, but that's what lifes about right?

I hope these pieces of advise resonate with you too.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Ordinary People


...im in love with you
This ain't the honeymoon
Past the infatuation phase
Right in the thick of love
At times we get sick of love
It seems like we argue everyday...


...I know i misbehaved
And you made your mistakes
And we both still got room left to grow
And though love sometimes hurts
I still put you first
And we'll make this thing work
But I think we should take it slow...


...We're just ordinary people
We don't know which way to go...

I took these picture after a bike ride at Piermont, Ny, 
what's better after a scenic bike ride than ice cream!! 
1 scoop coffee + 1 scoop coconut = JOY!!

Blazer // Vintage
Shirt// Gap
Pants // HM
Flats // Tory Burch

xo Michelle

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